Bands for the apple watch now available in-store


The Apple Watch has become a very popular device, a must-have for anyone who is using an iPhone and who is a loyal consumer of Apple. Having this high popularity of the Apple Watch does have its drawbacks – for one, the smart wearable device along with its accessories, particularly the watch bands, are so hard to come by now due to lack of stocks.

But there is still hope as there are some stores in a few regions already getting their inventory restocked. Just recently, some select stores in Toronto have received new stock of the high-tech time piece and its bands. However, despite having restocked, only a few items are made available, such as the Leather Loop, Milanese Loop, and other various Sport Band models. The sizes of the bands are also limited, as only either the 38mm or the 42mm are available in some straps.

But as luck would have it, or in this case, as manufacturers or suppliers would have it, the United States, as well as the United Kingdom has restocked their inventory when it comes to the much coveted Apple Watch bands. But the standalone Apple Watch bands are only still available in select stores and in select states or regions. Also, the items available in the select stores that already have stock are also limited.


My Gaming Gear Choices for 2015

Gamers cannot possibly play their beloved games without the right gaming gear. A reliable mouse and keyboard, a great headset, and a powerhouse of a laptop are the essentials when it comes to conquering the fantasy world, getting that priceless gear that you need, or precisely executing headshots. Gaming is serious business, something that gamers devote countless hours to, and these countless hours are exactly the reason why you, as a gamer, deserve the best gaming gear. So what are my gaming gear choices for 2015?

My Choice for Mouse

When you have a variety of games to play, such as a traditional MMORPG to the more fast-paced FPS, you should have that one specific gaming mouse that can cater to your needs. The Logitech G502 Proteus Core is that one gaming mouse that fits the bill. Designed specifically for both MMORPG and FPS games, this gaming mouse won’t just look cool in your hand, it will also perform exceptionally for you.

When you want that perfect flow and movement of your mouse, you can adjust it with G502 Proteus Core’s Surface Tuning Calibration feature and its five DPI settings. These will allow you to get the most from it in response and accuracy. And to get that perfect feel on your mouse, you can even tune its weight it as well as shift its center of balance. For those that want fully customizable buttons for your macros, the 11 programmable buttons that it has will surely be a huge help.

proteus core gaming mouse

With perfect handling which you can customize yourself and extra programmable buttons that every gamer needs, the Logitech G502 Proteus Core is my gaming gear choice for mouse.

My Choice for Keyboard

The ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro is a true gamer’s keyboard as it was created with gaming in mind. With two modes (manual and smart), you can configure the keyboard with different modifications for your macros and cool downs.

ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro gamer keyboard

In addition to having those modes, with the Easy-Shift[+] and FN keys, every key can have a secondary function so you can really customize every single thing about the keyboard. And if that’s not enough, you can also program and store around 500 macros in ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro’s flash memory. As an added bonus, the keyboard also has its own wrist rest so that you can always stay comfortable while typing or gaming.

This total customization of the keyboard allows any gamer to truly own this piece of ingenious technology and is the reason why it is my gaming gear choice for keyboard.

My Choice for Wireless gaming Headset

To hear the games’ sound effects, music, and ambient noises or to pinpoint where exactly the shot came from and to properly converse with your team – these are the qualities a proper gaming headset should deliver on. And that’s exactly what the Sennheiser PC 363D delivers.

The Sennhesiser PC 363D is super comfortable to have around your head with its XXL ear pads and cushioned headband. Sound quality-wise, gaming will never be the same as it will allow you to hear incredibly rich detail and extremely crisp sound. And with the amazing Dolby surround sound capability of the Sennheiser PC 363D, you will get to hear every shot fired accurately, so you will know where to turn when you hear bullets whiz by.

But not just its sound quality, its noise-cancelling microphone is one of the best, reaching almost the quality of professional microphones specifically made for voice recording.

The best audio quality, great surround sound, awesome microphone, and effortlessly comfortable to wear, after comparing the best Wireless gaming headsets, the Sennheiser PC 363D is my gaming gear choice for headset.

My Choice for Laptop

A laptop which has the best performance and can handle heavy graphics is what you need when it comes to choosing a gaming laptop and the MSI GT80 Titan SLI is just that.

Right from the backlit mechanical keyboard which lit up upon opening, I was in love. The first ever laptop to get a gaming mechanical keyboard, you won’t have any trouble executing keystrokes comfortably, bringing you long periods of unadulterated typing and gaming.

It packs all the necessary hardware you will need for gaming such as Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with 8GB GDDR5 SLI, a processor of 2.6 GHz Core i7-4720HQ, a RAM of 16 GB, an 18.4” full HD anti-reflective display of 1920×1080, and a high efficiency dual thermal cooling, you are guaranteed a top of the line gaming experience.

The MSI GT80 Titan SLI is my gaming gear choice for laptop as it really is a monster of a machine. Plus, the fact that it is made to upgrade means that you will always be able to use it, making it last you for a long time.


Best Facebook Games this year

Have you ever found yourself doing nothing? Whether it is in the office or at home, Facebook can only take so much of your time, and by then you’d be scrolling through the same feed over and over. But you will never have to be bored with nothing to do again with these best Facebook games of 2015. Addictive, time consuming, and fun, here are the best Facebook games which will surely get your attention as it will chase those boring moments at the office or at home.

Candy Crush Saga

candy crush

Who hasn’t heard of the Candy Crush Saga? Everyone who doesn’t have the time for immersive console games that would take more than 70 hours to finish went absolutely crazy over Candy Crush. With its bright, colorful and cheery graphics, people were hooked by the time they heard the imposing voice say “tasty!”

With a simple game mechanic of matching the same kind of candies three or more in a row or line, almost anyone can play the game. It starts off really cutesy, fun, and endearing, but once you get the hang of it and conquer  more and more of the levels, you’ll soon find yourself in the challenging and infuriating levels where matching candies isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. But this easy start to the more difficult levels ahead of you is part of its charm, as it eases you in, and traps you with the game difficulty that will make you want to go over and over until you succeed. After all, hundreds of millions of people who are playing is a testament to how it is one of the best Facebook games there is.

Dragon City


For those that love dragons, cute ones to be specific, then Dragon City is for you. Join tens of millions of people who are already hooked with the game and enjoy getting and breeding over hundreds of dragons.

In Dragon City, you get to build a magical world where you get to control dragons. You get to level the dragons up and train them to do battle as you will have to engage your fledglings in combat with other players. Colorful, magical, cute, and highly addictive, Dragon City will certainly be the game for those that just want to ease back on their office chairs and engage in something other than their work, in moderation, of course. The hundreds of dragons to be had and the greatly imagined world will keep you coming back to Dragon City, making it one of the best Facebook games of 2015.

FarmVille 2

farmvile 2

Remember the highly addictive FarmVille a few years back? Well, it’s back with its sequel, FarmVille 2 which is already one of the best Facebook games of this year. With better graphics and more engaging characters, this game is bound to keep you in its virtual farm.

Create your own brightly-colored farm full of different crops and harvest them to get more money to develop your farm, rinse and repeat. Simple, engaging, and strangely relaxing, FarmVille 2 now boasts of more interactive graphics such as crops that move with the breeze and more animated toons. As one of the most popular games of Facebook, FarmVille 2 will have you harvesting crops and feeding farm animals in no time.

Nintendo games are finally coming to mobile phones!

In a very surprising news, Nintendo plans to put gaming applications on smart phones in a tie-up with Japanese smartphone video games giant DeNA.

The coalition, which involves the two organizations holding stakes in each other, is going to concentrate on building applications for smart devices and creating a worldwide member’s program service to introduce this fall, the firms explained Tuesday at a quickly organized press conference in Tokyo.

Play Now My Lord

We have been contemplating how best we should market the Hector: Fat Arse of the Law ‘Badge of Carnage’ iApps for a while now. Leaflet drops, mass mailout, e-mail campaign, and even a Blimp have all been considered. But in a flash of inspiration, Dean came up with an idea of creating a series of banner ads that we could seed in various sites around the web. The banners will be variations on the image below.


New Hector iApp In-Game Screenshots

For some time now I have been banging on about how hard we are working in the studio on the production of the ‘We Negotiate with Terrorists’ iApp, the first installment of the Hector: Fat Arse of the Law ‘Badge of Carnage’ trilogy of games. Despite this you have not seen much progress in terms of actual gameplay, and I can imagine that some of you were beginning to think that the game is a figment of my imagination. Well, that is only half right. I can assure you that the game will be delivered early in the new year, but I can also assure you that behind the scenes the game has been progressing extremely well and almost all of the rooms have now been completed so I am able to show you some exclusive new screenshots from the newly created areas of the game.



Meets the Clappers Wreakers

Dean Burke, the brains behind Hector: Fat Arse of the Law and the director of the ‘Badge of Carnage’ series of iApps, has created a number of exclusive character posters for some of the more colourful members of the Clappers Wreake population that Hector will have to interact with through the course of the first iApp ‘We Negotiate with Terrorists’. The first of the posters is Clappers Wreake’s favourite tramp – Trampy Tim.


Coming Soon….

Sorry about the radio silence on the Hector Blog. I can assure you that the lack of activity on the blog is not representative of the amount of work that has been going on in the studio over the last few days. The Straandlooper team are working at break neck speed in order to get the Hector: Fat Arse of the Law iApp ‘We Negotiate with Terrorists’ finished before the end of the year. In the meantime I will continue to whet your appetitie for the launch of the game with exclusive artwork and images and behind the scenes news from the production of the first point and click adventure game for the iPhone to be produced in Northern Ireland.


Behind the Scenes of Hector

Now that we are moving into production of the animated cut scenes for the Hector: Fat Arse of the Law iApp ‘We Negotiate with Terrorists’ I though that I would give you an exclusive behind the scenes look at how we are animating the fat arse of the law himself.

There is rarely a day that goes by without someone saying to me ‘Straandlooper’s animation is fantastic! Tell me, how do you get the animation to look so realistic?’ Well, if you asked Hector animator Colin McCusker this question he would tell you that it takes years of training and an inherent God given gift to be able to create such realism in a 2D charcater. That, as well as devastating good looks, a silver tounge and a butt that won’t quit. But in actual fact I can now exclusively reveal that Colin is in fact over egging his role significantly.